Prosecution in Minnesota Charged Police Officer in Dead of Philando Castile


Time: 9:33 p.m. CEST

 

Prosecutors in Minnesota today charged St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile, a black man Yanez fatally shot during a traffic stop in July.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who received the case from investigators in late September, also announced two additional felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon that endangered the safety of the other two passengers in the car, Castile’s girlfriend and her young daughter.

“Based upon our thorough and exhaustive review of the facts of this case, it is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified and that sufficient facts exist to prove this to be true,” Choi said at a press conference today.

Yanez shot and killed Castile, 32, an elementary school cafeteria worker, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, on July 6. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook. Reynolds’ video led to days of protest in front of Yanez’s precinct.

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